Posts Tagged ‘assumptions’

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Today, focus is on Incarnation, and the substance from GOD deposited within Jesus Christ that makes him a “son of God.”  What Jesus contains that makes him an offspring to divinity are the inseparable aspects of sacred spirit (e.g., faith, holiness, longsuffering, lovingkindness, righteousness, wisdom, wrath against sin).  What the Lord contained that made him human on the earth was flesh (e.g., appetite, mind, mortality, sensation, sentiment).  One of the many fighters at “Yahoo! Answers” who uses the ID “Anonymous” (no profile information appears) posted the following:

 

Christians if jesus is son of god then half of his genetic material should come from god!that means god have dna!!how do you explain this?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth,  To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary.  And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee:  blessed art thou among women.  And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be.  And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary:  for thou hast found favour with God.  And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS.  He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest:  and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David:  And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.  Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man?  And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee:  therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.  And, behold, thy cousin Elisabeth, she hath also conceived a son in her old age:  and this is the sixth month with her, who was called barren.  For with God nothing shall be impossible.  (Luke 1:  26-37, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  One Complete Divine Revelation (07/09/2017); Tools For Knowing Divinity (05/12/2017); That GOD Is Immutable (05/04/2017); How Christ Is Known? (04/24/2017); Redemption Through Ordinary Flesh? (04/20/2017); His Birth Signals Rebirth (01/03/2017); His Children Are Sanctified (10/12/2016)

 

“Anonymous”, your thoughts seem pinned to the academic models describing biological and sexual reproduction that ignore the operations of divinity by centering only on what is carnal, material, secular, and social.  The existence, power and possibilities of spirit substance can not be completely and correctly known while depending upon carnal reason, secular knowledge, and such finite tools as intellect, logic, philosophy, and science.  Many false and inappropriate assumptions are made, and ideas from conjecture and speculation are relied on that have no validity (truth value).

The holy writings actually do provide a language and coherent set of meanings and values that even permit consideration of the full aggregation of spirit substance (we say, the Godhead).  Acknowledging ourselves as made in the image and through the processes of divinity, created beings and living creatures seek communication, exchange, and continuous interactions with divinity (we say, ongoing relationships).  In addition to active presence, authority, balance, completeness, and perfection, divinity is understood as appearing through the use of form and multiple persons (the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit).  In agreement with this, divine law, diverse principles, and sacred standards should come into view that include the living completing mortality; oneness without sameness; sinners receiving imparted spirit content from the makeup of GOD; rebirth, spiritual revival, and regeneration; resurrection from the dead; and the final destruction of sin through the second death.

There is far more to be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, 1st Corinthians 2:  9-14, King James Version (KJV):  9 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.  10 But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit:  for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.  11 For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.  12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.  13 Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.  14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God:  for they are foolishness unto him:  neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

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Today, points are shared on believing and being fruitful as followers of Christ.  Even though, during times of celebration cautions, reminders, and warnings often are dismissed as unwelcome, those who are born again must continue discernment, sound judgment, and vigilance in all places, at all times.  Because sinners want to speak “after the flesh” (i.e., according to what we know and understand by using carnal reason and our senses of hearing, seeing, touching, etc.) using secular knowledge, they think and speak of sin as being only disobedient actions, bad behavior, and forbidden conduct.  However, mature Christian believers acknowledge that sin also must be understood in terms of the attitudes, desires, and thoughts that proceed from a person’s inner nature.  Thus, transgressing the law of GOD includes applying definitions that are incomplete and unbiblical; embracing false assumptions; indulging hopes that are false and vain (lacking sacred content); lying and practicing deceit; “taking things for granted;” and presumption.  At a time when many are expressing heartfelt thanks with family and friends, we are to consider again the divine motives, sacred operations, and eternal purposes that make us who we are:  Proverbs 23:  6-8, King James Version (KJV):  6 Eat thou not the bread of him that hath an evil eye, neither desire thou his dainty meats:  7 For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he:  Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart is not with thee.  8 The morsel which thou hast eaten shalt thou vomit up, and lose thy sweet words.  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Tyrone” (Level 5 with 5,200 points, a member since January 13, 2016) posted the following:

 

Does belief in God make a difference in a person’s life?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands.  Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing.  Know ye that the LORD he is God:  it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.  Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise:  be thankful unto him, and bless his name.  For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.  (Psalms 100:  1-5, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Who Will See GOD? (10/04/2016); Presumption, Pride and Sin? (11/24/2015); Judged For Acts and Thoughts? (08/14/2014); Sin in Mind not Deed? (01/06/2014); We Shall Behold Him (10/17/2013); Angels, Law and Sin (10/18/2013); Jesus Lives! (05/04/2013); Experience Is Not Evidence? (05/05/2013)

 

“Tyrone”, many say they “believe”, however, what they are speaking of only makes a difference as a personal and private concern focused upon “me, myself, and I.”  The kind of belief in GOD that makes a difference to others (we also say, makes a believer fruitful) is what we probably should call “continuing awareness.”  There are other names for it, including alertness, commitment, exclusive devotion, discernment (i.e., the ability to recognize and respond to spirit substance from the makeup of GOD as it appears within events, oneself, other persons, prophecy, the holy writings, etc.), dutifulness, faithfulness, fidelity, integrity, unselfish service, vigilance, and zeal.  The operations of sin may dominate awareness and self-will in created beings and living creatures.  Sin opposes the continued existence of divine law, the Law Giver, and all divine order generated through sacred law. 

Many people, today, would describe “belief” and “faith” as what you exercise when you drive the car while your gas gauge is on empty.  Saying this another way:  the choice to ride an elevator to the 15th floor might not be deliberate (we say, can be made unconsciously).  We get into the car without a thought of falling or getting stuck between floors.  We might silently wait for the door to open, and never doubt or question that our foot will land on a solid platform of flooring.  In that and many similar situations, we “assume” that there’s no risk, and that we are safe (i.e., use an untested idea as though it were true; do not identify the connected and hidden ideas that also are active, present, and “unseen”; suspend requirements for formal evidence, examination, and proof to establish facts).  Many also call such unthinking acceptance “trust”.

Correctly understood, “belief” appears as an outcome or result from permanent changes made by divinity within a person’s character, makeup, and substance.  Through the ministries of Jesus Christ upon the earth, and from the heaven, sinners may receive a fresh endowment of the same life essence (we say, breath, spirit, word) that was granted to Adam and to Jesus living Incarnate (in flesh) as the Son of Man.  For Christian belief to appear in the life, inseparable aspects from the divine makeup of GOD must be in place such as faith, forbearance, forgiveness, gratitude, holiness, humility, longsuffering, lovingkindness, meekness, wisdom, and wrath against sin.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, such finite human tools as emotion, imagination, intellect, logic, philosophy, science, and technology have not been enough to eliminate sin as an influence in a person’s life.  Only a solution from GOD may completely, correctly and permanently end the problem of sin.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

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Commitment, discernment, faith, and love for unseen divinity are topics, today.  Christian believers continue committed to GOD (1) on the basis of atonement through the cross, (2) on the basis of divine proclamation, promise and prophecy, (3) on the basis of specific godly hopes they must tarry on earth to fulfill as well as (4) upon the basis of the blessings each believer actually experiences and receives.  The Son of GOD is never a stranger, for those who acknowledge his ministry of salvation to mankind immediately are  convicted that he is alive within their own character, nature and substance, and resides through divine Spirit within their own awareness and self-will.  One of the many fighters at “Yahoo! Answers” who use the ID “Anonymous” (no profile information shared) posted the following:

 

Why do people love and believe Jesus when they never met him?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,  To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you,  Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.  Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations:  That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:  Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:  Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.  (1st Peter 1:  3-9, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  A Christian Three R’s? (06/06/2016); The Life of GOD? (06/01/2016); Revelation and The Cross (03/27/2016); Belief In Another World? (02/17/2016); Spirit, Spirit Beings, Spirit Persons? (10/13/2015); GOD is Jesus? (01/13/2014); GOD is Showing You (01/14/2014)

 

“Anonymous”, the essential elements for Christian belief, fruitful commitment, and spiritual purity are the inseparable substances imparted from the makeup of divinity, so to speak.  Included are faith, holiness, forgiveness, joy,  longsuffering, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  The carnal and finite tools of intellect, knowing, logic, emotion and mental functions will appear in such operations as analysis, using assumptions (i.e., going forward with an idea as if it is true without full evidence in order to construct ones own arguments and positions), comparing, contrasting, deduction, induction, risk-taking, synthesis, and trust.  However, it is only by discernment (use of ones own spirit content to determine the action and presence of spirit substance within events, persons, purposes, statements, etc.) that Deity is revealed (made knowable, known and visible).  Consistent with fundamental truth regarding the divine nature, eternal purposes, and sacred operations of GOD, a believer may extrapolate and infer other truth that is consistent, fitting, and in accord with their own anointing and endowment of sacred knowledge.  Consider again how these ideas are stated using language from the Bible:

(1.)  Romans 8:  5-9, King James Version (KJV):  5 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.  6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.  7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God:  for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.  8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.  9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.

(2.)  Job 19:  25-27, KJV:  25 For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth:  26 And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God:  27 Whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another; though my reins be consumed within me.

(3.)  Isaiah 57:  15, KJV:  15 For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.

There is far more that could be said, must be carefully examined, and spiritually understood.  (For example, (4.)  John 20:  24-29, KJV:  24 But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came.  25 The other disciples therefore said unto him, We have seen the Lord. But he said unto them, Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe.  26 And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them:  then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, Peace be unto you.  27 Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side:  and be not faithless, but believing.  28 And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God.  29 Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed:  blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

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Distinctions among meddling, obedience, presumption, and pride are in view, today.  Ignorance of divine law is not a justification for wrongdoing.  “Good intentions” do not erase disregard for blessing from GOD that can include inheritance, law, prosperity, a role in service, and privilege to worship.  The death upon the cross and living ministry of Jesus Christ was no more a condemnation and denial of governing law, than the reign of David from the tribe of Judah as King and Prophet to Israel.  In addition to becoming an example of those who forget GOD, deny the sanctions in place against sin through divine law, and show no heartfelt respect to Deity, the death of Uzzah, who reached out to steady the Ark of Covenant when he thought it would fall from a cart, prefigures the death of Jesus upon the cross, the second death through final judgment against the wicked, and the full range of consequences for failure to trust GOD to maintain the things that manifest divinity including his law, the express will of GOD.  A fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Henry” (Level 1 with 161 points, a member since May 13, 2016) posted the following:

 

If God killed someone for trying to help, does that mean we are supposed to kill missionaires?

(2 Samuel 6:6-7) And when they came to Nachon’s threshingfloor, Uzzah put forth his hand to the ark of God, and took hold of it; for the oxen shook it. And the anger of the Lord was kindled against Uzzah; and God smote him there for his error; and there he died by the ark of God.

All this guy wanted to do was help The Lord, and God ended his life. Does that mean the next time a Christian knocks on my door trying to “Help The Lord” that I get to end their life. Isn’t Christianity great?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Now Korah, the son of Izhar, the son of Kohath, the son of Levi, and Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab, and On, the son of Peleth, sons of Reuben, took men:  And they rose up before Moses, with certain of the children of Israel, two hundred and fifty princes of the assembly, famous in the congregation, men of renown:  And they gathered themselves together against Moses and against Aaron, and said unto them, Ye take too much upon you, seeing all the congregation are holy, every one of them, and the LORD is among them:  wherefore then lift ye up yourselves above the congregation of the LORD?  And when Moses heard it, he fell upon his face:  And he spake unto Korah and unto all his company, saying, Even to morrow the LORD will shew who are his, and who is holy; and will cause him to come near unto him:  even him whom he hath chosen will he cause to come near unto him.  This do; Take you censers, Korah, and all his company;  And put fire therein, and put incense in them before the LORD to morrow:  and it shall be that the man whom the LORD doth choose, he shall be holy:  ye take too much upon you, ye sons of Levi.  And Moses said unto Korah, Hear, I pray you, ye sons of Levi:  Seemeth it but a small thing unto you, that the God of Israel hath separated you from the congregation of Israel, to bring you near to himself to do the service of the tabernacle of the LORD, and to stand before the congregation to minister unto them?  And he hath brought thee near to him, and all thy brethren the sons of Levi with thee:  and seek ye the priesthood also?  For which cause both thou and all thy company are gathered together against the LORD: and what is Aaron, that ye murmur against him?  (Numbers 16:  1-11, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  The Cross and Mankind (05/13/2016); More On Divine Justification (02/08/2016); Presumption, Pride and Sin? (11/24/2015); All Sin Is Willful? (10/20/2015); Correct in Only Your Mind? (05/04/2015); Resurrection from the Dead? (04/23/2014); Not A Matter Of Opinion? (04/24/2014)

 

“Henry”, the GOD we serve is a Deity who practices vengeance (we say, judgment, justice).  That divinity would have to appear in human form (we say, Incarnation) to embody sin, and be destroyed upon the cross is taken to be a stern warning by many Christian believers to approach the things of GOD with balance, caution, and sobriety.  While many followers of Christ trust that, through operations of the Holy Spirit, blood, correction, and truth from the cross are flowing to here and now, they also seek to be careful not to rely upon secular assumptions about divine teachings, or “jump to conclusions” that are not anchored in sacred knowledge and practice (we say, sacraments).

In the same way the expulsion of Adam (the pair) from Eden and the crucifixion of Jesus Christ both must be acknowledged as demonstrations of divine wrath against sin, the “breach” upon Uzzah is to be understood as a revelation of the character, nature and substance of Deity expressed as law, covenant relationship, trust, and divine love.  In his anointing by the prophet Samuel, David appropriated to himself more than simply authorization to serve as king over Israel.  David, who calls GOD “father” in the holy writings, also understood his appointment to include that of Judge, High Priest, and Prophet who had authority to command the Levitical priests, schedule their service, and establish liturgy for the tabernacle and temple that would follow.

The Ark of the Covenant was not to be touched by human hands.  A death penalty was in place from the time of the wandering of Israel in the wilderness.  The Ark was to be lifted and carried only by using poles.  When the sons of the High Priest Eli came under the curse of GOD, as did King Saul, the Ark was captured by the Philistines.  When David saw an opportunity to bring the counsel of GOD to himself at Zion as represented through the Ark and the regalia of the High Priest (the ephod, Urim and Thummim), the Ark was placed upon a new cart pulled by oxen that had never been yoked. 

Believers often commit the sins of presumption and pride that may appear as “harmless”, “innocent”, and their way of being themselves.  It is partly for this reason that divine forgiveness, mercy in judgment, and the ministry of reconciliation are provided to mankind through the cross.  Consider how some of this appears stated in the language of the Bible:

(1.)  Deuteronomy 17:  11-13, King James Version (KJV):  11 According to the sentence of the law which they shall teach thee, and according to the judgment which they shall tell thee, thou shalt do:  thou shalt not decline from the sentence which they shall shew thee, to the right hand, nor to the left.  12 And the man that will do presumptuously, and will not hearken unto the priest that standeth to minister there before the LORD thy God, or unto the judge, even that man shall die: and thou shalt put away the evil from Israel.  13 And all the people shall hear, and fear, and do no more presumptuously.

(2.)  Psalms 19:  12-14, KJV:  12 Who can understand his errors? cleanse thou me from secret faults.  13 Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me:  then shall I be upright, and I shall be innocent from the great transgression.  14 Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.

(3.)  2nd Corinthians 5:  17-21, KJV:  17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature:  old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.  18 And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;  19 To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.  20 Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us:  we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.  21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

There is far more that could be said, must be carefully examined, and spiritually understood.  (For example, (4.)  Hebrews 10:  28-30, KJV:  28 He that despised Moses’ law died without mercy under two or three witnesses:  29 Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?  30 For we know him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

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Today, reply is made to a familiar challenge that a person approve/disapprove of how GOD has responded to Adam, Satan, and sin.  The true people of GOD are to deal with divine law, operations of divinity, and sacred principles, rather than cultural fabrications, individual desires, personal opinions, and worldly traditions.  Their heart (i.e., breath, life essence, spirit) must engage the sacred heart of GOD.  By insisting that academic presentations and secular reasoning have the same or greater value than the holy writings, many continue in darkness, error, and spiritual confusion.  Consider again the following from the Bible, and the comments appearing below:  Isaiah 29:  16, King James Version (KJV):  16 Surely your turning of things upside down shall be esteemed as the potter’s clay:  for shall the work say of him that made it, He made me not? or shall the thing framed say of him that framed it, He had no understanding?  Also,  Matthew 15:  7-9, KJV:  7 Ye hypocrites, well did Esaias prophesy of you, saying,  8 This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.  9 But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.  Ezekiel 33:  31-33, KJV:  31 And they come unto thee as the people cometh, and they sit before thee as my people, and they hear thy words, but they will not do them:  for with their mouth they shew much love, but their heart goeth after their covetousness.  32 And, lo, thou art unto them as a very lovely song of one that hath a pleasant voice, and can play well on an instrument:  for they hear thy words, but they do them not.  33 And when this cometh to pass, (lo, it will come,) then shall they know that a prophet hath been among them.  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “drummer man” (Level 1 with no points shown, a member since July 16, 2007) posted the following:

 

Does god’s way of dealing with the rebellion and sin of Satan, Adam and Eve bother you? and how would you deal with them if you were god?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Then answered the LORD unto Job out of the whirlwind, and said,  Gird up thy loins now like a man:  I will demand of thee, and declare thou unto me.  Wilt thou also disannul my judgment? wilt thou condemn me, that thou mayest be righteous?  Hast thou an arm like God? or canst thou thunder with a voice like him?  Deck thyself now with majesty and excellency; and array thyself with glory and beauty.  Cast abroad the rage of thy wrath:  and behold every one that is proud, and abase him.  Look on every one that is proud, and bring him low; and tread down the wicked in their place.  Hide them in the dust together; and bind their faces in secret.  Then will I also confess unto thee that thine own right hand can save thee.  (Job 40: 6-14, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Justified for Attacking The Bible? (06/28/2015); Correct in Only Your Mind? (05/04/2015); The Testing of Job? (10/06/2014); Knowing the Spirit is Inside? (10/07/2014); Satan Should Stand Trial? (02/16/2014); The Right Place to Get Knowledge? (02/17/2014); Confusion 2013 (01/13/2013); Why A “Spokesperson”? (01/14/2013)

 

“drummer man”, for mature Christian believers your question draws (we say, entices, seduces, tempts) others into thinking of themselves in a way that insults divinity.  The operations of presumption, pride and sin oppose the continued existence of divine law, of the divine Law Giver, and of the universe maintained through sacred law.  While sin is no thing created by GOD and contains no sacred matter (as does the living), sin may dominate awareness and self-will in created beings and living creatures.  The thought “if I were god” is forbidden in the sense that ones awareness and self-will are not to be turned away from acknowledging, reverencing, and serving GOD toward any exercise of authority, independence, and privilege that has not been granted by the Father through the Son and the Holy Spirit.  Even so, it is correct for believers to carefully examine the many facets of the accounts that come to us as sacred knowledge.

Correctly understood, the record of Creation, the fall of Adam, and the full range of holy writings must be seen as features within a closed system for consciousness of GOD that derive from operations of spirit, rather than operations of intellect, logic, philosophy, or science.  The holy writings provide a divine point of view, so to speak, showing the operations of divinity using thousands of events and thousands of lives over the course of thousands of years.  In the same way none may know and understand divinity as revealed through Jesus Christ without operations by GOD through spirit, none may assign value, criticize, or evaluate the process of Deity (we say, judge GOD), even when they have spirit and sacred truth.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  Human error characterizes our judgment; thus, many important points are overlooked as we consider the human predicament.  For example, (1) the single name “Adam” was used by the GODhead for both the male and female who existed as a single person; (2) there are multiple operations of GOD to reveal the character and nature of divinity to the living, and to proclaim divine sovereignty; (3) Adam and all living upon the earth are used as figures to correct and guide those of heaven; (4) divine law, judgment, and the figure of Satan are used to correct and guide the living both upon the earth and in heaven; and (5) as with the elimination of chaos and flux that appeared before heaven and earth were established, the elimination of sin requires permanent change that pertains to the entire universe, not merely to angels and mankind.

Given that many points in our routine conversations and exchanges are taken to be facts and proven truth that, in actuality, are assumptions relied upon in order to advance various considerations, correct acceptance of the holy writings demand balance, completeness, consistency, focus, maturity, and stability that only come by operation of the same Spirit that was at work in Creation.  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

 

 

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Points are shared on water and fire baptism, today.  Also, there is more on the tactics of the enemy in spiritual warfare.  A “Yahoo! Answers” writer using the ID “A B” (Level 5 with 9,024 points, a member who joined 2 years ago) posted the following:

 

Christians, what baptismal formula does the bible prescribe? 

I know Matthew 28:19 says baptize in the name of the father and of the son and of the holy spirit, but acts 2:38, 8:16 and 10:48 says the disciples baptized in the name of Jesus Christ.

 

THE BATTLE AXE:  Herod the Great? (06/29/2014)—(5.) Honest efforts, mistakes that come by trial error, and our necessary missteps made in innocence when one seeks to learn and grow in spiritual truth are usually marked by humility and surrender to GOD, never self-justification and self-promotion.  The process of those who advance spiritual warfare against Christ as a disguised challenge to the righteousness of GOD as judge over mankind usually is to select a “villain” from Bible history such as King Herod who reigned at the time Jesus was born, Pharaoh of Egypt who reigned at the time Moses was born, or Pontius Pilate who ruled at the time of the Savior‘s death.  Those pursuing the error also will choose figures from modern history such as Hitler, Stalin, and Ben Laden.  The indictment then is made that, by having foreknowledge (we say, omniscience), and using people as instruments to carry out the divine will, GOD is directly responsible for mass murder, and guilty of the many faults and crimes of mankind.  A variation of the “great villain” scenario is the accusation against GOD on the basis of incidents that demonstrate divine judgment and wrath against sin such as the ten plagues of Egypt, destruction of the city of Jericho, and a gang of children mauled by a bear when they attacked an elderly prophet of GOD.  Believers are to be manipulated into agreeing that divinity is to be condemned and despised as cruel, hateful, and hostile to all life upon the earth.

(6.)  Believing that GOD has provided no mechanism within divine law whereby created beings and living creatures may call forth clarifications and review of divine actions, many feel mankind must insist upon standards from human law that will allow such charges as bias, favoritism, indifference, injustice, and malfeasance, to be brought against Almighty GOD.  Human law does not have jurisdiction over GOD, except as divinity appears in flesh (we say, incarnate).  Thus, the public exposure, arrest, trial, scourging, and crucifixion of Jesus Christ, and all the details for atonement, redemption, and salvation are to be seen as a complete divine provision for lawful dispute, and resolution for all opposition to divinity:  GOD has provided a lamb.

(7.)  Just as created beings and living creatures fail to recognize and resist sin when unaware of divine law, sinners fail to realize the advantage, benefit, and protection and from GOD when consciousness of divine law is lost.  Posing questions can be important to communication, dialog, and cooperative exchange.  Merely asking a question to gain new knowledge or increase ones understanding is not automatically an offense against GOD.  However, those influenced by sin repeatedly employ devices that do not emerge from an appetite for the things of GOD.  As sinners, inquirers operate from a base of intellect and imagination, rather than from the imparted Spirit of GOD.  Believers should be alert and vigilant when conversations that begin by quoting the Scriptures conclude with citations from extra-biblical sources.  For example, conditional and hypothetical questions with no spiritual material may appear that require acceptance of assumptions and conditions contrary to the declarations of GOD (we say, that do not exist, are not genuine, are not true).  Thereby false information is introduced.  Attackers will use analysis to foster error that breaks or conceals necessary links for the full integrity, soundness and wholeness of scripture truth.  Imposters are unable to completely disguise their aggression, bitterness, ignorance, and lack of correct understanding.  Those whose focus is primarily prohibitions, punishments, and threats of hell center their awareness in one dimension (measurable aspect) of divine law.  Forgiveness is held to be granted as an arbitrary exercise, and so is regarded as changeable, erratic and unpredictable.  Counsel to such persons absolutely must be, get to know Christ for yourself.  Focus upon being in a relationship with GOD, not being just another object in Creation.  See again Psalms 10:  1-18, Psalms 36:  1-3, Psalms 109:  1-4, Job 15:  31, Jeremiah 9:  4-6, Mark 12:  24 and Romans 16:  17-18, KJV.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  And they were in the way going up to Jerusalem; and Jesus went before them:  and they were amazed; and as they followed, they were afraid. And he took again the twelve, and began to tell them what things should happen unto him,  Saying, Behold, we go up to Jerusalem; and the Son of man shall be delivered unto the chief priests, and unto the scribes; and they shall condemn him to death, and shall deliver him to the Gentiles:  And they shall mock him, and shall scourge him, and shall spit upon him, and shall kill him:  and the third day he shall rise again.  And James and John, the sons of Zebedee, come unto him, saying, Master, we would that thou shouldest do for us whatsoever we shall desire.  And he said unto them, What would ye that I should do for you?  They said unto him, Grant unto us that we may sit, one on thy right hand, and the other on thy left hand, in thy glory.  But Jesus said unto them, Ye know not what ye ask:  can ye drink of the cup that I drink of? and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?  And they said unto him, We can. And Jesus said unto them, Ye shall indeed drink of the cup that I drink of; and with the baptism that I am baptized withal shall ye be baptized:  (Mark 10:  32-39, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Sprinkled, Immersed, Named? (02/01/2014); Forgiveness Through GOD? (02/02/2014);  Before Getting Baptized? (11/28/2013); The Rich in Divine Relationship? (11/29/2013); Origin of Baptism? (06/22/2013); Money-changers in the Temple? (06/23/2013)

 

“A B”, here are a few points that are useful for a full Christian understanding of baptism:

(1.)  There is no verbal formula (we say, charm, enchantment, slogan, spell) used to complete water and fire baptism.  Because water baptism is an operation carried out by the Spirit of GOD in respect to the Father (as we see with John the Baptist), or as the agent of Jesus Christ (as seen in the instance of Saul of Tarsus answered through the disciple, Ananias), baptism is both a sacred event (we say, miracle), and a sacrament (sacred practice).  Fire baptism may occur before water baptism as shown in the instance where those in the Gentile household of Cornelius were all endowed with the gifts from the Father before Peter could finish his sermon.

(2.)   The Apostle Paul, following the example of Jesus himself, did not conduct many baptisms in order to establish the rite as a sacred act establishing divinity within flesh (we say, incarnation), and linking flesh (mankind) to Spirit, rather than a process joining followers to their teachers, and linking believers to those from whom they received instruction and personal ministry.  

There is far more to be said, correctly understood, and spiritually apprehended.  For example, (3.)  In water baptism ones inborn spirit dies, is buried, and is replaced by a new spirit having the same content and makeup as the Holy Spirit that operated in Creation, and that resided within Jesus of Nazareth.  Through the ministry of Jesus upon the earth, and from the heaven, believers are granted fresh endowments of that same Spirit that was breathed into Adam, and that provides awareness and self-will as the children of GOD.  The church has used language both to acknowledge that Christ is come in flesh fulfilling the Scriptures as well as to proclaim fulfillment for the promise of the Father regarding gifts of the Spirit.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

Assumptions about GOD, resurrection, and sin are in view, today.  A “Yahoo! Answers” writer using the ID “g” (Level 1 with 17 points, a member since March 08, 2014) posted the following:

 

Resurrection of dead? 

do you think there will be a future resurrection of the dead and in what form when someone dies the body dies the brain dies what is left do we really have a spirit i have read in bible we come back in flesh and bone but how this seems impossible

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Now if Christ be preached that he rose from the dead, how say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead?  But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen:  And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain.  Yea, and we are found false witnesses of God; because we have testified of God that he raised up Christ:  whom he raised not up, if so be that the dead rise not.  For if the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised:  And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins.  Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished.  If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.  But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept.  For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead.  For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.  (1st Corinthians 15:  12-22, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  A Perfected Body (03/09/2014); Immutable GODhead (03/10/2014); Mankind Destroyed? (01/24/2014); What Salvation Is (01/25/2014); Jesus Arose Bodily (12/24/2013); Thanking and Blaming GOD (12/25/2013); Jesus Rose? (11/08/2013); Must We Really Die? (05/13/2013); Can GOD Die? (05/14/2013); Death Has Been Transformed (05/09/2013); Loving the Enemy? (05/10/2013)

 

“g”, consider the following:  Christian beliefs on resurrection should be prayerfully studied from the Bible.  The teachings are simple, yet, they are profound (we say, deep, far reaching in their application and effect).  Many hidden assumptions (unstated ideas we agree upon as we start a discussion, that often go unnoticed, and that we do not question or demand evidence for) must come into view that a person makes about GOD; and one must be alert to the many subtle shifts in meaning (we say, barely visible differences) among ideas that seem to make the same points, yet, are completely different in their substance and impact (e.g., re-animation, regeneration, and reincarnation).

GOD is a nonmaterial spirit who has put forth all created beings and living creatures, diverse forms and objects as well as the conditions and frameworks for their interaction within various spheres of existence.  GOD is not made up of particles as are clouds, fog, mist, smoke, steam and vapor.  The “content” or substance of GOD are the inseparable aspects of divinity such as faith, holiness, life, person, presence, truth, wisdom, and wrath against sin.

We use language that says mankind is “made in the image” of GOD to acknowledge the similarities that exist because all humans contain some measure of divine matter.  GOD is eternal, immortal, immutable, and unchanging (i.e., can not be influenced, manipulated, or operated upon as an object).  Mankind is mortal, and experiences life with a continuous focus upon mechanical operations of the physical body as cycles, patterns, phases and stages.

In various ways, GOD has expressed an intent that mankind should permanently exist as a companion to divinity.  Therefore, mankind is now in a continual process of assessment, cleansing, preparation (we say, judgment, salvation, sanctification), and permanent change.  Mankind is to become immortal and incorruptible.  Life is GOD’s intent, and death is GOD’s tool.

There is a lot more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, by appearing incarnate (in flesh) as Jesus Christ, GOD has demonstrated and “explained” that flesh and Spirit must cooperate for humanity to be totally separated from sin.  Sin opposes the continued existence of divine law, of GOD, and of all Creation that responds to GOD in obedience.  Nothing is impossible for GOD; yet, the elimination of sin is a profound challenge.  Sin is no thing created by GOD; contains no life or spirit matter; yet, has direction, effect, and presence.  Sin may dominate awareness and self-will in created beings and living creatures despite their emotions, intellect, logic, and science.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to the measure of divinity that resides in you.

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves:  it is the gift of God:  Not of works, lest any man should boast.  (Ephesians 2:  8-9, KJV)

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC